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Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
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- Designed for close-up and macro photography; versatile enough for virtually any photographic situation
- Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 23°20'.Features new VR II vibration reduction technology, Focal Length : 105 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 10 ft( 0314 m)
- Nano-Crystal coat and ED glass elements that enhance overall image quality by further reducing flare and chromatic aberrations
- Includes an internal focus, which provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens
- Weighs 279 ounces, and measures 33 x 45 inches; Made In China ;5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
- Lens not zoomable
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||automatic_only, manual_only||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 4.57 x 3.27 in||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.74 in||2.72 x 2.56 x 2.72 in||2.87 x 3.5 x 2.87 in||3.07 x 5 x 3.07 in||2.87 x 3.9 x 2.87 in|
|Item Weight||1.74 lbs||—||0.52 lb||0.57 lb||2.5 lbs||0.78 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||macro||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||2.8||32 in||2.8||2.8||f/2.8||3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 millimeters||100||40 millimeters||60 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Aperture||32||2.8 in||22||32||22||32|
|Minimum Focal Length||105 millimeters||100||40 millimeters||60 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||55 millimeters||52 millimeters||62 millimeters||62 millimeters||52 millimeters|
NIKON 105MM F2.8G VR MICRO (2160).Compatibility: G-type lenses are fully compatible with all current camera models (as of 01/04). The older camera models F4, N90/s, N70, N8008/s, N6000 will only work in Program and Shutter Priority modes. Note: VR feature will only work with Nikon's F6, F5, F100, N80, N75, N65, D100 & D1 and D2-series (or any newer model) cameras.Note: AF-S feature is not supported by certain camera models. Please click here for a list of compatible models.
From the Manufacturer
This medium telephoto Micro lens is ideal for extreme close-up and portrait work with greater working distances and AF from infinity to life-size (1:1)
- The world’s first macro lens featuring Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) designed for close-up and macro photography; versatile for all photographic situations
- Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
- Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject working distance thorough the focus range
- High-resolution and high optical performance with Nano Crystal Coat and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements enhances overall image quality by further reducing flare and chromatic aberrations, contributing to improved color, contrast and clarity
- Non-rotating front design is convenient for use with circular polarizing filters and the R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System
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Well, let's cut to the chase. Is this lens worth the money? It depends. If you absolutely had your heart set on a Nikon 105 2.8 Micro, then this lens makes sense. The bokeh IS better than the older 7 bladed version. And it also has the VR which will be of aid when doing normal non-macro work. There's no denying that VR works great and combined with the 2.8 speed you get a nice package here for available light work.
My problem with this lens, as with the original, is that the Tamron 90 Macro 2.8 DI is still a better lens. It is sharper and continues to hold the lead in bokeh for protrait work. With the Tamron being under 450 new, people in the know can save and score.
On the other hand, the Nikon is HARDLY a bad lens by any stretch. We're talking about minute differences most of the time. The Nikon's VR is of very little aid doing macro work, but it's great when shooting anything else. On top of that you get VERY fast AFS focusing.
Once again I'd like to point out that a macro 105 or 90 requires close distances to subject for 1:1 work. If you want to shoot bug faces a longer focal range, such as a 150 or 180 may be better suited, though less useful for protrait work on a DSLR with a 1.5 crop ratio.
So depending on your applications, the Nikon 105 VR may still be worth the money. You have to consider how and where you'll be shooting. Optically I still feel the Tamron 90 is the lens to beat for this range in macros. But the gadget factor on this new Nikon makes for a very interesting product that will please a lot of shooters and gadget photogs alike. Enjoy!
My other lenses include: 70-200VR, 18-200VR, Tamron 90 DI Macro, 50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, Tokina 12-24 and so on.
What at first seemed like a very good lens is now one I consider
exceptional. In fact it is now my favorite for several reasons.
First of all this lens consistently produces beautiful, even toned and complimentory Bokeh to my images. Bokeh is that term used to describe the elements of a photograph that are out of focus.
This lens has an extremely short depth of field and performs best on close subjects after f/5.6.
My observation of the VR function is this.... that Nikon intended that feature to be more useful when this lens is used for portraits. Up close and for sure when using the wider apertures depth of field is so brief that you need to stop down to capture the breadth of a bumble bee or the center of a flower completely in focus.
In either application this is destined to be a favorite Nikkor lens for many of us. For me it is already!
Focus is very fast and quiet. Build quality is solid! Hefty when held alone or nicely balanced on the D200 with MB200 battery dual battery holder.
I like the lens shade a lot and the packaging is as always, first rate. Comes with 5 year extended warranty, velvet pouch and front and rear caps.
If I could only take one lens this would be it without hesitation.
Matches up extremely well with the SB800 flash units.
I predict this will become a legendary portrait lens.
Product Photographer in Tokyo, One word to describe this lens. I LOVE THIS LENS. My workhorse lens have been using it for 4 years and still going strong.
As a Product Photographer, I needed a lens that would reproduce 1/1 ratio clean and many lens didn’t make that line. The Zeiss Macro Planner 100mm didn’t have 1/1 ratio unfortunately and the only option available in the 105mm range was Nikon’s older 105mm 2.8D or this new version G along with autofocus capabilities (Sigma was out of question). I ended up getting this lens and I am glad I got this lens over the older D version. The D version is still usable but the autofocus speed is rather slow. Optically the new 2.8G version is well built to resolute in better in higher megapixel cameras. In my case I shoot with the D800 and this is my workhorse lens.
Interesting enough I bought mine used new for 600$usd and fortunately enough its made in Japan. Please note the recent production Nikon 105mm F2.8G are MADE IN CHINA! Earlier versions are made in Japan. It is well built, it does feel plastically but on the well durable side.
The VR in this lens I can shoot around 1/50th of a second without any problems when shooting outside. But most of the time I shoot with flash so it doesn’t help me. For hand held user this is a big bonus since the VR works fantastic and stabilizes the long focal length.
This lens does however have a switch of limiting to focusing from infinity to 0.5m which is useful when shooting portraits etc. since if you have the whole autofocus zone (macro>infinity) it takes forever to focus. Most Macro shooters and product shooters manual focus since its much faster to just turn the focus ring. The focus throw is about 180 degree which is really nice amount to flexibly, easy to move from one focus point to another.
The only complaint I have is the weight which is heavier than typical primes. In addition, this is not a fixed F2.8 lens, it is more of a variable aperture when shooting super close objects F2.8-4.5 ISH this is due to shallow depth of field and in order to get in focus the Fstop is set at higher value. In my personal experience this lens really shines 1-2stopped down around F5.6 the details you can capture is stunning and how much you can blur out is amazing.
If you are someone who loves the true nature of macro photography this is a great lens along with the 60mm 2.8G. Those two are undeniable the best Macro lens Nikon has made up to now.
A heads up this105mm F2.8G lens can be used on a DX (cropped sensor body) but it becomes 157mm.. The 60mm F2.8G Macro will become a 90mm equiv.